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Superstorm Sandy: The Inevitable Destruction and Reconstruction of the Jersey Shore.


Superstorm Sandy: The Inevitable Destruction and Reconstruction of the Jersey Shore

Diane C. Bates

Rutgers University Press


166 pages



Nature, Society, and Culture


Writing in a conversational style accessible to students, scholars, researchers, and even general readers, author Diane Bates examines sociocultural and demographic aspects of the interaction between society and the environment, using Superstorm SandyAEs impact on Jersey Shore communities in 2012 as a case in point to explore decisions and strategies surrounding efforts to rebuild towns such as Atlantic City, Asbury Park, and Ocean Grove. Bates employs concepts from environmental sociology, emphasizing the Jersey Shore as both a physical and a social place rich with cultural meanings related to nostalgia, community traditions, and tourism. While discussion encompasses even the regionAEs place in popular culture through Bruce Springsteen and the TV show Jersey Shore, there is a wealth of information on demographic factors related to decisions on rebuilding and consideration of the political and economic systems that reflect and reinforce emotional and financial values assigned to the Jersey Shore. The book contains black and white photos and maps. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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